The Lady Knights scored five unearned runs in the first two innings – aided by four Lady Patriot errors – and Evans rolled to a 9-1 mercy-rule victory.
“If we get the first out we do good,” Lady Patriots head coach Brian Holcombe said. “When we make an error on the first batter it leads to runs. I think we had six or seven errors and most of the runs were unearned.”
While Westside (0-2-1) was struggling, Evans had no such issue backing up starting pitcher Lexi Dodgen. Dodgen (2-2) gave up three hits in five innings while striking out three. Two of the three hits came in the first inning when the Lady Patriots scored their lone run.
“I kind of warmed up later in the innings,” said Dodgen. “It took me a minute.”
When she wasn’t doing it on the mound, Dodgen was doing it in the field. She moved to shortstop for the sixth inning and cleanly fielded three balls hit to her leading to outs.
In the second inning, after two of the first three batters reached on errors, Elyssa Melton had a two-run single and Alexis Schlein followed with an RBI.
Schlein went 2 for 4 with three RBI, Melton had two RBI and Natalie Johnson scored three runs and pitched a scoreless inning in relief for Evans.
Jennifer Reese had two of Westside’s three hits, including a double and drove in their lone run.
The Lady Knights (2-3-1) added a run in the fourth inning on a Savannah Gabriel single, then ended it in the sixth.
Savanna Gladue and Johnson singled to start the inning. One out later, Schlein scored Gladue with a single, Johnson scored on a wild pitch and Schlein scored on an error.